Hannah & Her Rosaries Featured in TV5's IAMNINOY

As I mentioned in my previous post Hannah Featured in QTV11's The Beat, my goddaughter Hannah was on TV last night.

Last night Hannah was in TV5's show IAMNINOY. The video shows Hannah, her parents Joan & Carlo, and Hannah's rosaries.

You might be wondering what Hannah's doing in IAMNINOY. For those who didn't know, there's actually an iamninoy Rosary Bracelets for Hannah.



Please visit Hannah's site http://hannahysabelle.multiply.com to know more about Hannah, CCHS & Hannah's rosaries.

To know more about the IAMNINOY campaign, visit http://www.iamninoy.com/.

YouTube video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-kv4q03nZQ

Grandma's Coming Home

My grandmother (my mom's mom) will be going on a vacation in the Philippines! And according to what my sisters and my aunt told me, she might arrive while we're still in the Philippines. Happy happy!

I still have two grandparents, but only grandmothers. Both my grandfathers passed away when I was still a kid. We call my mom's mother Lola and my dad's mother Inang.

I haven’t talked to my Lola for a long time. But she’d often call up my mom in the Philippines, and my mom would often call her up too. Wouldn’t it be cool if grandparents knew how to use a computer and chat with each other in a Free Senior Chat? hihihi! :P

Anyway, back to the good news. :)

I knew for months that she’ll be coming home, but the original schedule she said was around March or April 2009. To surprise everyone, she planned to go home earlier, January 2009. If it’s a surprise, how did we find out? Tita was planning to go here in Singapore on March/April together with Lola, my mom and Tita Nora (family trip in other words). When Tita told Lola about the trip, Lola has no choice. She told Tita that she’ll be home earlier as a surprise. Well, it's not a surprise anymore hahaha!

Tita then told my sisters and also told my dad (because he’ll be the one who’s picking up Lola from the airport) but not my mom. Although one of my sisters told me that my mom already knew. I guess Lola can't contain herself anymore and just "unintentionally" told my mom.

Can't wait to see Lola again. :)

Macy, if you're reading this and you don't know yet, please don't tell Tita you found out from me... hihihi!

Hannah Featured in QTV11's The Beat

My goddaughter Hannah was on TV again last night in QTV11's show The Beat. Hannah's parents were able to record the show. So for those who were not able to watch it, here it is.



Tonight Hannah will be in TV5 show's IAMNINOY TV. So if you want to see more of this cute and adorable little girl, watch the show tonight. :)

For more information about Hannah and CCHS, please visit her website at http://hannahysabelle.multiply.com

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas eve. Today is one dark, gloomy & rainy day. Nevertheless, nothing can dampen anyone's mood.

Christmas Graphics

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Takipsilim

I've been reading about this buzz for a while, but never took it seriously. Until I checked PerezHilton.com. I seldom check that site, only when I remember it (maybe around once or twice every two weeks). Then when I did checked it, this is what I saw:

Filipino Version Of Twilight To Begin Production Soon

The news is that ABS-CBN is planning to remake Twilight into a TV series, starring Rayver Cruz as Edward Cullen and Shaina Magdayao as Isabella Swan. PerezHilton.com even posted this picture: the Twilight poster edited with Rayver & Shaina's faces.


PerezHilton got the news from Yehey.com. Then I searched around for more news and found some from Ezine Max and Twilight (where Ezine Max got the news).

My reaction: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
If this is a joke... it's very funny! If it's not...NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The movie's nice... the book's nice... the story's nice. Don't ruin it!! People will hate ABS-CBN if they continue with this! Stephenie Meyer! Don't let this happen!!!

Laptop Bag

Every year, my sister always has this Christmas wish list posted in her blog. Since she got a new laptop, a laptop bag is now on her list.

I've been searching around for a cute bag for her, and for us as well since the laptop bag we use is this big laptop backpack. It's durable & has a lot of compartments, but it's just not for me (too big!). I need something more portable for me.

When I saw the choices Rainbrooke has, I wished I can also buy them from where I am now... They're very stylish, they're on sale and they offer free shipping! :) My sister would love them as well. With Christmas just a few days away, this would've been a perfect gift.

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Cute's Blogger Award 2008 & Random Facts

This is a combination of a tag and an award: the award is the Cute's Blogger Award 2008 and the tag is the Random Facts. I decided to combine them since the award also has 10 random facts.
Thanks to Melanie for the award and to Carla for the tag.


Here are the rules of this award:

1. Each blogger must post these rules.
2. Each blogger starts with ten random facts/habits about themselves.
3. Blogger that are tagged, need to write ten facts about themselves. You need to choose ten people to tag and list their names.


I had a hard time doing this... coz I need to think of ten people to send this to, and ten random facts about me! hihihi! So here are the 10 random facts about me:

  1. I'm a chocolate love
  2. I hate exercising! But for the sake of losing weight and "staying fit" I do exercise
  3. I can't survive a day without surfing the net (or just merely checking my mail)
  4. I'm petite
  5. I love eating seafood. Fish, crab, prawns... name it I love it!
  6. I love reading books
  7. I'm not a good teacher
  8. I'm the eldest of 6 children
  9. I love dogs... as long as they're not vicious & angry
  10. Hubby's my first boyfriend, and I'm his first girlfriend
I'm now passing this award to karen, shiela, jing, chel, joanne, jigi, yums, jody, kc and cheryll.

Friendship Flowers Award

This tag is all about "FRIENDSHIP OFFERING" with someone whom you know, to someone whom you already knew or will know in the future, globally. Thank you Sheila for passing this on to me.


Here are the rules for this tag:

1. Copy the badge and put it on your blog,
2. Link back who pass you this tag,
3. Spread this tag to at least 7 or more bloggers who you think you are friend with.

And lovely are the blossoms
That are tended with great care,
By those who work unselfishly
To make the place more fair.
And, like the garden blossoms,
Friendship’s flower grows more sweet
When watched and tended carefully
By those we know and meet.
And, if the seed of friendship
Is planted deep and true
And watched with understanding,
Friendship’s flower will bloom for you.

I am now passing this tag to - Jacque, alina, wendy, irmee, jown, jovie and jeng

Hello Telephone?

Most mobile phones now have caller ID. This is very helpful so you’ll see who’s calling you up. That is if the caller is in your address book.

A few weeks ago I accidentally deleted all my contacts from my phone, so I can’t see who’s calling. It really was a hassle and very annoying. More annoying is if someone kept on calling you up and you have no idea who called. Of course I kept on answering my phone because it might be someone I know.

I answered one phone call and he was promoting something (I forgot what the product was, but he had this weird accent… trying too hard to get that perfect English). So anyway I told him I wasn’t interested and hung up. After a few days someone called again, a different person but the same product. Tsk tsk…

I wish there’s a way to Report Phone Numbers where you can check if it’s a legit thing or report it as a scam.

Poll

I've put up a new poll/survey.

I'm thinking of creating a new blog that only talks about food or recipes I've tried (or will try). But I don't know if I should proceed with it or just put everything in this blog.

So if you have the extra time, please help me decide... :)

Thanks!

Shot on the Spot

Gosh... and I thought I can escape not posting any of my pictures here... (I'm shy hihihi!) :) So anyway, to continue with this tag and slightly hide myself, here it is... :D


hihihi! :P Thanks Issa for the tag. :)

By the way, here are the rules:

1. Take a picture of yourself right Now! (the moment you read this tag)
2. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair, just take a picture.
3. Post that picture without editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.
5. Tag 10 people to do this. And don't forget to leave them a message about the tag.

And now, I'm passing this on to my friends & fellow bloggers sheila, shy, marie, bless, mommy elvz, tin, donna, lingz, lani and Jammy.

World Wide Web Award

Thank you Emz for this wonderful Friendship Award!


I'm passing this now to nol, ruthi and ennah.

The Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship

Thanks G for passing this to me. :)


“Don’t let the Candle of Love, Hope and Friendship die.
May God richly bless you as you keep this candle burning.
Pass it on to all your Friends and to everyone you love.”


BLOGGERS who SHARED: Vicy / Eds / Jen / G / Janis / YOU
I’m passing this on to Macy.

Today is My Overdue Tags & Awards Day

Today my task is to finish all my overdue tags and awards.

I'm backtracking some messages & comments and saw that I have some tags & awards that I haven't done yet!

I'll try to finish them by today. If I can't... then by tomorrow. :) If it's still not finished by tomorrow... then by the end of the week (I think I better change my title to "This week is My Overdue Tags & Awards Day" hihihi!). I think... I think it would be better to do one to two tags a week instead... :D

Thanks to sheila, emz, carla, melanie, issa and g for the tags and/or awards!! :)
waa! ang dami!!

Singapore Marathon 2008

I think blogging's a part of my life now... I haven't blogged for a while because hubby & I were busy during the weekend. Then since Monday I wasn't feeling well and got a fever yesterday. My throat's still a bit sore but other than that I'm doing fine. So here's what's up...

Lloyd joined the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon 2008 last Sunday, 7th of December. He joined the 10km category and he was able to finish it! I am so proud of my hubby. :) And to think it's his first time to join a marathon.

At first we thought we won't make it to the race because we woke up late (his race starts at 7:30am, we woke up at 6:30am). We forgot to remove the alarm-only-on-weekdays setting! Wrong timing! After waking up, we had a very quick shower and was out of the house by 6:45am (hahaha! world record!).

When we got out, no taxi in sight! Lloyd was ready to give up and not go to the race anymore, but we still tried to wait until 7am. Luckily a taxi passed by. :)

When we got there it was already 7:30 (or maybe even 7:40). Since we can still see a lot of guys wearing the same race shirt walking around, we just walked to the starting line. The picture on the right is the only picture I got while he was running.

After one and a half hours later Lloyd reached the finish line! From the time he started, he ran/walked/jogged for 1h:21m:8s (taken from runpix.com).

So proud of my hubby! :)

My sister was asking me why I didn't join the marathon. My answer: in a treadmill I can't reach 1km by walking! What more a 10km marathon :P

Hannah Featured in GMA 7's Emergency

Hannah and her CCHS story was featured in GMA 7's show Emergency last night. Actually it was this morning, 12:30am.

Finally after hours of waiting for the video to be uploaded, I'm watching it now online. I even registered to iGMA.tv, but they never uploaded Emergency's latest episodes (last episode I saw was dated November 21.

For those who missed it, here's the link to the video http://www.pinoychannel.tv/watch/v-96271. This would be a great opportunity to finally see Hannah and to know more about CCHS.

Christmas Shopping & Coffee Break

20 days to go before Christmas! Hmm... I think my countdown widget is in a different timezone... :(

I was browsing through my old comments/messages archive and saw that I had a message from Jan. Jan's question for last month's coffee break (yeah! I got it last month... sorry Jan...)


These are the things that I consider when shopping for Christmas gifts:

  • As much as possible I buy affordable gifts and I set a budget for each gift. Although my budget is very small, I still make sure that my gift will not be something cheap :)
  • I make sure that whatever gift I give out is something the receiver will like and will be able to use. If it's food, then it's something that the person can and will eat (considerations to those with food allergies).
  • As much as possible I don't want to give gifts that will just pile up in their storage rooms or somewhere in the corner of their room and accumulate dusts.
  • Before, I don't buy extra gifts. But I learned from my mom that you should always have a back-up gift, just in case you forget a present for someone. So last year I had some extra gifts which I will give out this year. And good thing I did because hubby forgot to include in my list some of his co-workers :)
Summary: stick to the budget; something likable & usable; buy extra gifts

Christmas Shopping

We went "Christmas shopping" last week. "Christmas shopping" because what we bought is not for our family & friends, but for the two of us. :)

There was this super-great sale in Gramophone. Gramophone sells CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs and some books and magazines. They were selling some stuffs for $1! Imagine! Lloyd, being the entertainment & movie junkie, was in shangri-la! We were able to buy a few stuffs at 40-50% off! :)

Last week Amazon.com also started their Black Friday Deals. It started November 26, and will end today December 2. We also bought some DVDs because the deal is so good that even if you include the other fees for international shipping, it's still cheap! Unfortunately I forgot to include the DVD for the movie 300 which Lloyd told me to buy... I didn't order it anymore because it's just one item, so the shipment fee's not worth it. The total price would almost be the same price as the DVD on sale here in Gramophone.

I told Lloyd to stop dropping by Gramophone now because he might buy something again hahaha!

24 Days Till Christmas?!

24 days to go?! O my gosh... I can't believe it's December 1! Time really flies sooooo fast! I better do my Christmas shopping now!

I have some gifts for female friends... I really find it easier to shop for girls. Guys... stress! I really have no idea what to give them! hahaha! Good thing that those men we'll be give gifts to are all married/committed, so I decided to just give them a couple/family gift. :)

Better look for one soon before the time runs out!

Men in Uniform

I recently watched an episode of Band of Brothers at home. We bought the DVD box set a few months ago. Although Lloyd and I have seen it before, we still watch it every now and then.

I love watching these war movies… weird huh? :) Is it because I love action movies, or simply because I want watching men in uniform in action? Hahaha! But one thing’s for sure… I love hearing the soldiers’ boots when they walk and when they step/stomp on puddles of water… now that’s weirder! Hahaha!

I recently found out that in the US, the pants that federal law enforcement and police personnel use now, particularly during training, are called 5.11 Tactical Pants. Why is it called 5.11? Based on my research the pants are originally designed for rock-climbing, and the “5.11” means the difficulty level in rock-climbing. Cool! :D

These cargo pants are very heavy-duty and can be used by anyone, not just people in uniform.

The Gingerbread Man

Justin Timberlake was a guest in Ellen DeGeneres' show... I don't actually know when this was shown, but I guess this was a long time ago.

This just made me laugh so hard. Justin's so cute! And he can dance while wearing that costume! hahaha!



By the way, have you watched SNL last weekend, when Paul Rudd was the host? Justin Timberlake was also there... funny!

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

Thanks emz for the tag :)




In 1979 (the year you were born)



Jimmy Carter is president of the US

A major accident occurs at a nuclear reactor on Three Mile Island near Middletown, PA

An American Airlines DC-10 loses its engine and crashes seconds after takeoff, killing 275 people

Hurricane David kills over 1200 in the US and the Dominican Republic

Some 90 people, including 63 Americans, are taken hostage at the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran

The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan

ESPN starts broadcasting

Aaliyah, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Norah Jones, Heath Ledger, and Kate Hudson are born

Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series

Pittsburgh Steelers win Superbowl XIII

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

Kramer vs. Kramer is the top grossing film

Sophie's Choice by William Styron is published

"My Sharona" by The Knack spends the most time at the top of the US charts

The Facts of Life premiers



JODY - 1977; (your name - birth year)
JOANNE - 1980
GRACIE - 1978
MANDY - 1975
CHRIS - 1976
EDS – 1980
EMZ - 1981
JANIS - 1979

I'm passing this to: babette, claire, renz and bonz

Today is My Bloghopping Day

It's been a while since I visited blogsites of friends' and online buddies. So today, I'll spend most of the day dropping by their blogs!

By the way... for those wondering if something's wrong with the N@Wies' blogroll and the Pinay Bloggers' blogroll, well there is. Usually if one of the blogs listed in those blogrolls were recently updated, there'd be an "Updated" text beside the name, but now it's not there. I think Blogrolling.com is having some problems, thus only limited functionalities are available to their blogrolls.

Anyway, that will not stop me from visiting blogs! They're still in the list anyway. Wish me luck! Hopefully I can visit blogs of all the N@Wies and Pinay Bloggers! And all those in my blog list as well... hahaha!

*what a productive day!*

Random Thoughts

So many news this month and I just want to say them all out... mostly about babies (actually, they're all about babies)...

  • Just a few minutes ago, Mean, Eric's wife gave birth today to a healthy baby boy. Eric is Lloyd's co-worker and one of his best friends here in Singapore. Eric texted Lloyd this morning before going to the office and he said that Mean's about to give birth and they're on their way to the hospital. Congrats Mean & Eric!! We'll visit your baby boy when you're home.
  • Last week I texted our real estate agent Jane, who's also a Filipino. She was pregnant the last time we met (around March or April). I asked her if she'd given birth already because she was due to give birth end of October. She called me up after receiving my message. She said she delivered October 15, which was earlier than the due date. And it's also a baby boy. Congrats Jane!! Hope to see you soon.
  • Sorry to ruin your mood with this next entry... Baby Sophie passed away last week. I never blogged about her... this is my first entry about her. Like Hannah, Baby Sophie had CCHS. But she also has Hirschsprung’s disease. I don't know Sophie's family personally, I just found out about her through Hannah's multiply, so I also visit her site every now and then. Sophie is truly a little angel and has touched a lot of people's hearts. I was crying while looking at her pictures and watching this video for her... Let's pray for her and her family. To read more, you can visit Baby Sophie's multiply site or the tribute from Hannah's multiply site.
  • Another baby girl with CCHS & Hirschsprung’s disease, Natasha, was born last month in the US (found out about her through Hannah's site and Sophie's site). Since she's in the US, I think she can get all the medical attention and help she'll need there. But she will still need all our prayers, that despite all the medical help she can get for all these complications/diseases, may she remain healthy and strong and a fighter.
There goes my random thoughts...

A Child at Heart

I’m a Nintendo user since I was a kid. My siblings and I haven’t bought game consoles other than Nintendo. Although I think my sister Nikki bought a PSP, but sold it and eventually bought a Nintendo DS instead.

I think one factor that encouraged us to buy Nintendo instead of other game consoles is because of the games. They have a lot of games that can be enjoyed by all: young or old, girl or boy. They have puzzle games, simulation games, parlor games, etc.

The two latest Nintendo gaming consoles are Nintendo DS Nintendo DS and the Nintendo Wii. I enjoy playing Nintendo DS games compared to other portable gaming consoles. In my opinion, I find Nintendo DS games girlier, but they also have football and some basketball games. I enjoy puzzle games the most.

Nintendo Wii almost have the same games as the Nintendo DS games, but better. In my opinion, Wii games are more interactive. Some Wii games are a combination of playing and exercising activities. The most popular Wii game now is the Wii fit. You can yoga, go skiing, and even do hula-hoop. I haven’t used one yet, but I like it.

To check out the prices of Nintendo games and gaming consoles, take a look at price comparison online and see which one will be worth your money.

I am so old to be buying these things... but so what? :P

My Sparky Blogger Award

I got a new award!
From April of Doin' The Working Mom Thing.



Thanks April for the very sparky and sparkly award hihihi!

I'm now passing this award to the following blogs:
Life of a Navy Wife
A Fil-Am Journey
Life Together Starts
Mommyluscious
My Online Paradise

Hannah's Second Article in Inquirer: Fundraising race for Hannah Cordoviz

Hannah was in the news again, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer last Sunday October 19. This time, the author together with some friends did a fundraising for Hannah. The funds will be used for buying Hannah's ventilator.

Below is the article i copied from Inquirer:

Fundraising race for Hannah Cordviz
By Cathy S. Babao-Guballa

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:52:00 10/18/2008


MANILA, Philippines - A month ago, I wrote about the case of Hannah Ysabel Cordviz in this column. I found out about Hannah through my friend Rapa Lopa who spearheads the I am Ninoy campaign.

Hannah is a 1-year-old girl afflicted with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). CCHS patients are expected to lead long and productive lives provided they get the care and necessary medical equipment required for their day-to-day existence.

The syndrome occurs in one out of every one million newborn babies.

In the Philippines, there are only three known cases of CCHS; the eldest is now 3 years old.

A ventilator is crucial to Hannah’s survival. Her parents, Carlo and Joann are steeped in debt that everything they make now all go into paying hospital bills. They had to quit their jobs to care for her 24/7. A portable ventilator costs P750,000. You can read more about their family’s story on http://hannahysabelle.multiply.com.

When I first wrote about Hannah, my blogmate and friend, Tessa Mendoza Cruz, a physical therapist based in Atlanta, distributed letters to ventilator suppliers in the United States. We prayed for someone to donate a unit or sell it to us at a substantial discount. And God answered our prayers in a really big way!

So, Tessa, Rapa and myself split the anticipated cost and did our own fundraising.

Hannah’s Hundred

On the eve of my birthday, I launched Hannah’s Hundred, a 5K run that I plan to join on Nov. 23. I will be running in a race sponsored by Unicef, aptly titled Walk On The Child’s Side.

It was my coach, Rio de la Cruz who egged me to join this event. There are also a 2K walk for families and 5K and 10K races. The events will be held at the McKinley Hill in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig and participants may register at ROX on Bonifacio High Street.

Now, I am no true-blue runner. As of this writing, I have only ran a measly 3K race. I do not expect to win this race, but Hannah is my motivation to run to the best of my ability.

So how does Hannah’s Hundred work?

I am looking for at least 100 individuals who will pledge P1,000 pesos each for the race I will join. Roughly, that is P200 per kilometer since I am entering the 5K category. Each person who donates P1,000 will be entitled to a raffle ticket.

What do you win? A beautiful watercolor painting (17 x 23) called “Hannah” donated by the generous and talented architect and visual artist Joven Ignacio.

By 10 p.m. on my birthday last Thursday, I had hit the half-way mark for my target. I know that in God’s time, I will eventually reach it.

I know that times are difficult but one lesson I have learned over the last few years is when we find the courage to go beyond ourselves, when we step out of the shadow of our own sadness, financial difficulties or whatever problem you have, it is then that the burden lifts and we feel braver and more optimistic about our circumstances. It has always been in giving and placing a cause greater than ourselves that we become more fulfilled.

If you want to be a part of Hannah’s Hundred, please e-mail me at HannahsHundred@gmail.com Excess funds collected by Rapa, Tessa and myself will be donated to Hannah’s parents to help defray the cost of her medical expenses. The raffle will be held after the race, the first week of December.

URL for the newspaper article: http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/lifestyle/lifestyle/view/20081018-167171/Fundraising-race-for-Hannah-Cordviz

After I read this article, I called up Joan and asked her about it. I even told her that someday Hannah will be a guest in Boy & Kris (that was actually Lloyd's idea hahahaha!).

God is so good!

Vacation with an Agenda

I can't help it... I want to blog. hahaha! :P

One of my (actually also hubby's) goals during my one-month stay here in the Philippines is to look for an OB-GYN and have a check-up. We want to know the reasons behind the loss of our babies. Well, actually we already have a reason for Nathan's... but still, we want to make sure...

We are looking for an OB that's easy to talk to, seems very nice and not bossy or mataray, handles high-risk pregnancies (so being a specialist would be better), delivers in hospitals near my parents' house (we only included Medical City and St. Luke's in our list... although I think Cardinal Santos is also ok) and can explain or tell me what we need to do.

I've already been to three OB-GYNs since last week. Seriously, I like all of them because all of them are nice and handled high-risk pregnancies already and also affiliated with the hospitals we wanted. But there are just some factors that made me want to look for other doctors... and I think I already found our doctor. :)

The first one was recommended by a N@Wie. I went to her clinic with my mom Thursday last week. She's nice and easy to talk to. She also has her own ultrasound machine in her clinic. When we went there, she did an IE and a TVS. She ruled out Incompetent Cervix as the cause. She said we just have to wait until I get pregnant again to see what's wrong. I was expecting more checking, like blood tests and all... but nothing. I texted her last Wednesday to ask about other tests, she said we can also do that, so I can come back to her clinic next week.

The second one was the OB of a friend. I went to her clinic three days ago. She's also very nice and easy to talk to, plus she's my friend's ninang. :) She did an IE and said that I had Incompetent Cervix. I was like "huh?!"... I asked her how can you explain the labor pains I felt for both? Plus all the OBs I've been too told me that my cervix is totally closed. I asked her if it's possible that it just opened/became incompetent lately... hehehe.... whatever her answer is for that, I need a third opinion (or even fourth/fifth opinion if you include my OB with Dwayne and my OB with Nate).

The third one... I just went to Medical City's website and listed down all their Perinatologist OB-GYNs, and she was the first one I visited. I went to her clinic yesterday with Tita Lara (bacause she was already in Medical City that time). She neither did an IE nor did a TVS. We just discussed my history. She also ruled out Incompetent Cervix (and Tita agreed to that), but not completely. She just put it last on her list of possible causes. She wanted me to have various screenings (APAS, lupus, etc.). She still will not rule out Incompetent Cervix because she said it is also possible that I had low tolerance to pain, that's why I felt everything (hmmmmm.....). When Tita and I left her clinic, I asked her if the doctor's OK for her (I'm telling you, she has very high standards with everything! Right, Macy? hihihi!). She said the doctor said everything she wanted to hear from my doctor. :)

So there... I guess my search is over. Monday next week, Tita and I (and maybe even my mom) will go to PGH for the screenings (Medical City's charges were too expensive!). I do hope we find the reason behind all these... Wish us luck!

On Vacation

I was so busy with the F1 event & tours with my sisters (plus our last-minute shopping and packing for our trip to the Philippines), that I haven't blogged for a while. Even my emails were swamped I didn't bother reading all of them anymore. :(

October 4 was my sister-in-law's 18th birthday and of course we need to be present to this once-in-a-lifetime event. Before I booked our tickets, I made sure that my sisters will be gone by then (obviously, since no one will be at home if we leave before them :P ). So the plane tickets we booked were for October 3. Lloyd will be in the Philippines until the 6th, I'll stay until first week of November (just in time for All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day and my mom's birthday).

Lloyd's now in Singapore, and I'm here at my parents' house. I won't be blogging for a while (maybe an entry or two at most)... even though I'm not doing anything here hihihi!.

Till my next post! :)

Strike 3 and the F1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix

Nikki's here. Three down and off we go!

Nikki arrived 6:15pm last Saturday. Inna, Jill and I picked her up from the airport. We went home immediately and left again to have dinner at Ikea in Tampines. Yummy meatballs and salmon! :) We were suppose to buy the wall lamp our mom wanted, unfortunately the cashiers' queue were so long we decided not to buy anything anymore. It was already 11pm when we got home, so we were not able to watch the F1 qualifying even on TV.

The next day... THE DAY... the Formula 1 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix. We went to Orchard Road first because Nikki wanted to buy a Ferrari shirt she'll wear for the race. After walking around Orchard Road, we left and went to City Hall MRT station. Went to Gate 3, the nearest gate from City Hall MRT, and took pictures. Picture here, sit down there... check merchandises here, walk there... :D

We went to the nearest barricade around the race circuit (and with less people) before 6:30PM so we can see the drivers' parade. They were on vintage cars! After the parade, we walked around again and had dinner (there was a hawker center along Connaught Drive near the Cricket field). Then before 8:30 we left again and went to the nearest barricade so we can see them when the race starts. After a few laps (1 to 3) we left again and walked around. :)

When Felipe Massa got stuck in the pit stop (because he exited with the fuel hose still attached to his car), we were in the middle of nowhere! Good thing there was a TV in the nearby bar (note: we were still within the circuit grounds, haven't exited any gates ) and we saw what happened.

After watching what happened to Felipe Massa on TV, we left again until we reached Esplanade. We were able to see Rubens Barrichello's Honda that broke down which was parked near the Fullerton Hotel. Then we went inside the Esplanade for a toilet break.

After that there were just 14 laps or so remaining, so we went back to Connaught Drive and went to the nearest barricade again so we can watch the final lap. When we got there, we saw Kimi Raikkonen's wrecked car! And after the last lap and the drivers are doing their last round waving to everyone, Kimi went out of nowhere! Everyone was shouting! hahaha! :D

Anyway.... that weekend (especially that night) was tiring, exciting, and an event we're glad to be a part of. :)

Strike 2 and the F1 Ticket

Inna's here. Two down and one more sister to go...

Thursday afternoon, before we went to the airport to pick up Inna, we went to Takashimaya to try out this place that sells cupcakes. I saw it in a magazine and said that they have Nutella cupcakes! So we went there and bought a Nutella cupcake and an Elvis cupcake. We also bought a sandwich and ate it before leaving to the airport.

We left Orchard 6pm and just took the MRT to the airport. We arrived around 6:30pm, just in time for Inna's arrival. After that we went home and watched Amazing Race Asia.

Yesterday was the practice session. I was not suppose to watch since I originally don't have a ticket. Luckily Lloyd won a ticket! Their manager raffled off his F1 ticket for Friday. The best thing about this is it's a pit grandstand ticket! And so I was able to join Lloyd and watch the practice sessions. Yeah, I left my two sisters to roam around Singapore on their own hahaha!

My opinion: the practice session was boring... haha! As I said, I'm not a Formula 1 fanatic. :)

Strike 1 and the F1 Fever

Jill's here. I picked her up from the airport yesterday. One down, two more sisters to go... hahaha!

Since we both haven't eaten our lunch yet, we went to the airport's McDonald's for lunch. After lunch we went home and prepared ourselves for... Kimi Raikkonen!

I'm not a Formula 1 fanatic (Lloyd is... a bit). I don't have a favorite racer or favorite car or whatever. But Kimi is sooo handsome in person! Lloyd told me the day before that Kimi Raikkonen will be in Paragon Shopping Centre for the Tag Heuer exhibit there. Since Jill is also an F1 fanatic and loves Kimi Raikkonen, Jill and I went there.

We arrived at around 5:30, according to the article Lloyd read Kimi will be there by 7:30. When we arrived, the red carpet's being setup, and there are a few people already standing near the stage. It is true! hahaha! So we went near the stage and waited... and waited.... and waited. Take note: we were standing since we arrived.

7:30pm... we heard people shouting and screaming! He's here! Unfortunately we were on the wrong side of the stage... he passed by the right side of the stage, we were on the left side.

He went directly to the Tag Heuer shop. We thought he'd just stay there the whole time because the interview was held there, and there were just TVs outside to show the interview. After a few minutes of interview and picture-taking inside, he went out!

He was there until 8pm. Before he left, he signed the poster behind him. We were able to take pictures of the poster (but not while he was signing it).

After the event, our legs and feet hurt so much the first thing we wanted was to sit down! But it was all worth it... hihihi!

By the way, some other local celebrities were also there, like Allan Wu and his wife. :)

I Need a Facial

I need a facial. Why? Because of my giant pores!

I don’t get acne and I don’t get a lot of pimples (I do every not and then), but I do get a lot of blackheads & white heads. Not only that… I have a combination skin: I have a very oily forehead, nose and chin, but I have very dry cheeks.

When I was still in the Philippines, I go to this dermatologist in Quezon City (she does wonderful facials!) and her products work for me. But I need something over-the-counter since I can’t rely on her my whole life and I’m in Singapore!

I’ve tried and used a lot of products on my face… deep cleansing products (which made my face too dry, but still leaves my forehead shiny), tea tree oil, pore refining stuffs, etc. I also use different moisturizers on my face that will not make my face feel too oily, especially when it’s hot and humid. I’ve heard of products like acnexus but haven’t tried it yet. I find it a bit pricey… but reviews say it works, plus it does not contain chemicals like other products do.

For now, I think I’ll stick to the current products I use and just go for a facial.

Hubby's Sick

Yesterday Lloyd was not feeling so well. He had a bit of sore throat and colds. This morning, when he woke up he got worst. No fever, but he felt so weak... poor boy...

He slept until around 9am. When he woke up, he's still not feeling well but a bit ok. He requested for squid adobo for lunch, so whatever the sick boy wants the sick boy gets! After lunch he took a nap. Forced him to do it so he can get some rest.

Around 6pm we went to the clinic. Since he was feeling a bit better by then, the doctor just prescribed paracetamol hihihihi!

Surfing the Internet

One of my favorite pastimes is surfing the Internet. Whenever I surf the net, every now and then I’d look out for new and interesting sites to read and surf. There are some sites that are attention-grabbing and out of the ordinary but have no contents worthy of note. There are some sites that are just too plain and simple but reading/looking through it will make you surf it often. Most of the time I go to those sites through referrals or reviews.

Website Reviews is a site where Internet users can give their own opinion about websites, may it be their most favorites or least favorites. They also have a list of Top Websites, a list of sites picked and rated by internet users.

Now it’s easier to look for sites that are worth visiting. :)

Propagating Friendship Award

I love the blogs of these people and I'm glad to pass this award onto them! All they need to do is to leave the following message on their post when they pass the award on to their chosen eight bloggers.

They all are charmed with the blogs, where in the majority of its aims are to show the marvels and to do friendship; there are persons who are not interested when we give them a prize and then they help to cut these bows; do we want that they are cut or that they propagate? Then let's try to give more attention to them! So with this prize we must deliver it to 8 bloggers that in turn must make the same thing and put this
Thanks mommy elvz for this award. :)

Now, I am passing this award to...
G, Jovie, Emz, Joey, Mec, Sheila, Leah and Sheila

Collin Raye - Love Me

I've heard this song two to three years ago through my friend Jess. The first time I heard it I was teary-eyed! Seriously! And I think that time Lloyd and I just got engaged... hahaha!

Anyway, two days ago while walking around the mall, this song was being played. It's such a sad, nice and touching song. :( Unfortunately I don't have a copy of the song anymore. So I'll just share the lyrics instead...


Love Me
by Collin Raye


I read a note my grandma wrote back in nineteen twenty-three.
Grandpa kept it in his coat, and he showed it once to me. He said,
"Boy, you might not understand, but a long, long time ago,
Grandma's daddy didn't like me none, but I loved your Grandma so."

We had this crazy plan to meet and run away together.
Get married in the first town we came to, and live forever.
But nailed to the tree where we were supposed to meet, instead
Of her, I found this letter, and this is what it said:

If you get there before I do, don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through;
I don't know how long I'll be.
But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, me.

I read those words just hours before my Grandma passed away,
In the doorway of a church where me and Grandpa stopped to pray.
I know I'd never seen him cry in all my fifteen years;
But as he said these words to her, his eyes filled up with tears.

If you get there before I do, don't give up on me.
I'll meet you when my chores are through;
I don't know how long I'll be.
But I'm not gonna let you down, darling wait and see.
And between now and then, till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, me.
Between now and then, till I see you again,
I'll be loving you. Love, me.

I'm Sick

My throat's been bothering me for the past few days. At first it was just on my left side and I'd only notice it whenever I yawn. Then it got worse, by Monday both sides hurt... when I swallow and when I yawn... And I feel tired and sleepy.

So yesterday afternoon after going to the gym (yeah, I still went to the gym, but I was there for 30 to 45 minutes only... I was hoping I'd feel less sleepy afterwards, but I didn't), I went to the doctor.

When the doctor checked my tonsils, he said "oh!"... what a weird and scary reaction! hahaha! He said that it was throat ulcer. And I had a bit of fever yesterday when he checked my temperature (that explains the tired feeling?!). The cause? He said might be viral infection. At first he said might be hand, foot and mouth disease... where am I suppose to get hand, foot and mouth disease?

Anyway, he gave me some anti-viral medicines and some lozenges. I hope my throat gets better soon because I already miss having cold drinks! :(

Who Are You?

Did it ever happen to you when someone called you up then suddenly just hangs up the phone and you have no idea who that person is? Or if you keep on having prank calls on your mobile phone?

There’s this thing called Mobile Phone Reverse Lookup wherein you can search for the caller’s name just by entering the mobile phone number.

So if someone calls you up on your mobile phone and you don’t know who the caller is, you have a way to know.

Baby Hannah Featured in Inquirer




Hannah's story was featured in yesterday's Philippine Daily Inquirer (see image above). I've copied the article from Inquirer.net http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/lifestyle/lifestyle/view/20080914-160549/Ordeal-of-a-child-with-a-congenital-breathing-defect.


Ordeal of a child with a congenital breathing defect


By Cathy S. Babao-Guballa
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:57:00 09/14/2008


MANILA, Philippines - There are stories that tug at your heart and remind you of your life’s journey.

Once upon a time, I was a mother with a child who was born with a congenital heart defect. Migi left this world to return to his true home 10 years ago, and that episode changed my life and our lives as a family forever. I remember how, when he was just a baby, I would hardly leave the room in the first three months of his life, anxious that the moment I left, he would stop breathing. All throughhis toddler years, we would make sure that someone was with him 24/7.

When I heard about Hannah Ysabelle Cordoviz and the efforts of her parents Carlo and Joan to help keep her alive, I knew I had to do something to help get their story out. Hannah was born on Aug. 14, 2007 with a very rare condition called Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS). It is a rare and lifetime condition characterized by one’s brain failing to signal the body to breathe. In Hannah’s case, her brain fails to do so when she falls asleep. To keep her breathing, her parents need to hook her to a mechanical ventilator/respirator, which connects to her through a tracheostomy tube found in an opening in her neck.

In the Philippines, there are only three known cases of CCHS, including Hannah’s. The eldest among them is a three-year-old girl.

The CCHS Family Network website says that the key to the CCHS patient’s longevity is informed medical supervision by medical professionals who also work to support the family in optimizing the home healthcare and school (or other) settings.

At a minimum, this requires nighttime nursing support in the home for the infant and child, with some respite support for the parents and caregivers. The US study cited found that the majority of CCHS families’ medical costs were covered by government and/or private insurance programs.

Unfortunately, in our country, congenital defects such as CCHS are not covered by healthcare insurance, so you can imagine the burden of the cost Hannah’s illness has placed on her parents. Joann told me that on the average, the family has to spend P150,000 a month to sustain Hannah’s care. This already includes monthly payments to the hospital where Hannah was confined for eight months—from September 2007 to May 2008. But what parent will not do everything to keep their child alive?

Ventilator

A huge chunk of the monthly expense comes from renting a ventilator which costs the couple P25,000 a month. “The money we have is money we already owe family, relatives and friends who have helped us since Hannah was born,” Joann and Carlo tell me. Both of them have had to quit their jobs to take care of Hannah who requires full-time care. There is a private nurse who relieves them and helps them out when they need to rest and her salary is factored into the cost.

“It is our dream to buy Hannah her own portable ventilator she can use for so many years ahead,” the couple says. “This portable ventilator will also allow us to bring Hannah outside the confines of our house: to the park maybe, to church, or even to a nearby fast food restaurant. It does pain us to know that we’re not able to have Hannah see the same sights, hear the same sounds, and experience the same things as other babies of her age do.”

Joann tells me that a portable ventilator is crucial to Hannah’s survival and it will cost them P750,000 to purchase one. With debts piling up month after month, the ventilator seems to be a pipe dream but the Cordoviz couple remains strong in their faith. “God provides and He has taken us this far,” Joann says.

To help in their fund-raising efforts, they have started a home business and built a web site called “Rosaries for Hannah”—
www.hannahysabelle.multiply.com

—Carlo and Joann make and sell lovely rosary bracelets as a means of raising funds to buy Hannah her much needed ventilator.
If you would like to learn more about Hannah, do visit their beautiful website. If your heart is moved to help out this couple, please call Joann at 0915-3111641 or e-mail her at jscordoviz@yahoo.com

Mooncake... with a twist!

While waiting for Lloyd to finish work yesterday, I went to Takashimaya and saw that there's an event to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival. They're selling mooncakes and other traditional confectioneries.

I'm not Chinese so I'm not giving away mooncakes, plus it's too expensive to give them away (stingy!). So I looked around to buy just one mooncake for myself since Lloyd's not fond of mooncake.

While walking around the various stores, I saw one that really caught my attention... chocolate mooncakes! chocoelf was selling chocolate mooncakes. I tried a piece and I like it and the first thing that popped into my head is that Lloyd will like it because he loves chocolates. Plus they used dark chocolate, which is better! So I bought 4 pieces (smallest box they have).

We were not able to try it when we got home because it was already late. So earlier after lunch, I finally opened it. They look so cute and pretty, I didn't want to slice it at first! Eventually I did...



Each mooncake is only one inch in length and width, and around half an inch thick.

The dark chocolate was yummy! The lotus paste inside is also yummy! Unfortunately Lloyd didn't like it...

Oh well, at least I tried to make him eat mooncake. Now I can have them all to myself. hahaha!

Let's Socialize!

Since I started blogging and joining groups and organizations, I've met a lot of people all over the world, from north to south, east to west. It makes me think of the past when I was still in college and I'd go to chat rooms and meet other people. Those were the days....

I’ve never been into any chat rooms for a long time. But when I discovered Asian Chat, this is something I can try again. This is a chance to chat and meet other Asians all over the world. You don’t need to download any software to be able to chat with them, plus it’s totally free. Not only that, if you want to try it out first you can login as a guest. Nice, right? But of course it would still be better if you register to utilize its full potential. :)

What makes me happy? What makes me sad?

Got a tag from Sheryll. Thanks!

Start copy here:
Here are the Rules:
1. List things that makes you happy and what makes you sad.
2. Add your blog to the list. Feel free to add all your other blogs.
3. Tag other online friends you know... Toni, Jeng, Emz, Sherryl, Janis, YOU




What makes me happy?
  • Spending time with my hubby, even if it's just watching a movie at home
  • Vacations!
  • Desserts! I loove sweets... especially chocolates! I can skip the main course in exchange of desserts hihihi!
  • Shopping! Even window-shopping is fine with me :)



What makes me sad?
  • Dieting. Can't eat anything I want... (it's too obvious! i love eating!)
  • Right now, my iPhone. Its limitations are a bit disappointing (but not that much ;))
  • Having a clogged and runny nose at the same time (I had it yesterday). Really irritating... can't do much because you'll always stop what you're doing to wipe your nose. Plus blowing your nose is useless.

I'm passing this tag to macy, mommy elvz and yums.

The Crazy LV Game

There's this raffle or game in N@W wherein the prize money pooled will be used (by the winner) to buying a Louis Vuitton bag! :D

I never had a Louis Vuitton bag, and I never dreamed of owning one because it's way too expensive and totally out of my budget. But winning it with just a fraction of the bag's price to shell out... go go go!

Now, I am like daydreaming of owning one already. I'm looking at their website and checking out which bag to buy... to think that I haven't bought the raffle ticket yet! :O hahaha!

Wish me luck!!!!!

Pop-up Ads in Blog

Is it just me or there's a pop-up whenever my blog's accessed? Waa! this can't be! I never put pop-up ads in my blog! :c

First and foremost it's annoying! Well, links are okay, but pop-ups that I didn't add in the first place?! Second... what if it's a virus?! If it is... for those who clicked the ad, sorry if I've infected your computers... :(

To solve this problem, I'll be adding and removing some sidebar items to check which ones did it...

By the way, below is the image of the pop-up.

Whenever I look at the popup's status bar at the bottom, it says that it's connecting to network.adsmarket.com and then to wixawin.com.

UPDATE (Sep 8, '08 8:50AM)
I found it! I'ts my shoutbox. :@
Byebye to all my past messages. :(

September Event

One more thing about the month of September is.... the 2008 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, which is the first night race ever!!!

I originally am not going because I was pregnant and October was supposed to be my due date. Since my supposed to be EDD is just a month away from the race dates, we (Lloyd and I) decided that I won't go anymore. So only Lloyd bought tickets for the three-day race, and I'm supposed to stay at home with my mom as originally planned.

But now I can go and watch it. My three sisters will be coming here in Singapore to watch the race. The four of us bought the one-day walkabout ticket (actually I bought the tickets, they haven't paid me yet...).

Can't wait!

My New Blog Layout

Notice my new layout? hihihi! Yeah, I am soo happy with my blog's new layout. It's here to stay. No more changes for now (except for the header image, which is easy to change).

One thing I hate about changing my blog layout is the missing gadgets/widgets. Actually even before I started changing my layout, I think I accidentally deleted all my blog lists and other links, so now I'm re-posting them again. Good think I backed-up my blog last week. :)

So despite the fact that my site's nice and clean now, it's still not finished. I still have some links and stuffs to add, but I won't make it look too crowded. :)

Thanks to the following for creating such wonderful stuffs:
  • OurBlogTemplate for this new blog layout. The template I used is called Neuronic, which has a different header image.
  • Smashing Magazine for the blog header. The header image was designed by João Filipe Cunha. I just changed the size and added my blog title.

It's September!

It's September! The -ber months are here! Christmas is near!
To relatives and friends... please don't forget your Christmas gifts for me... hihihihi!

I haven't written stuffs lately since I'm updating my blog's layout. I miss blogging.......
I'll be finished very very soon... just a few more stuffs to add/remove :)

Till my next post!

The Winner: Herbalife vs. iPhone Part 3

I guess from the title alone (and from my previous post, if you read it carefully), it's obvious which one won... the iPhone! Yipee!!

I actually got my iPhone yesterday. I was in line for almost 30 minutes, and this line is just for the queue number only! After getting the queue number, we still waited for more than an hour before my number was called.

Since we were told that it might take an hour or so before my number will be called, we walked around the mall first. Since Lloyd had a heavy afternoon snack and was still too full to eat dinner and I'm not that hungry myself, I just had three pieces of takokaki balls from Tako Pochi and iced lemonade from Auntie Anne's for dinner.... hihihihi!

We waited for at least two hours, our legs hurting (from all the standing) and our backsides aching (from all the sitting), but it was all worth it.... :)

Herbalife will have to wait a month or two... :(

I Love Eating: Herbalife vs. iPhone Part 2

I admit, I looove eating. The worst thing is I love the dessert more than the main course! Like on our last vacation in Manila, all I can think of is where and what to eat…. Krispy Kreme, Cupcakes by Sonja, Crepes & Creams! And all those food are just in one place! What more if I add the others on my list like Café Breton? Gosh…

When we were in Manila, I was able to buy and eat (and even bring back to Singapore) some doughnuts from Krispy Kreme that we bought from their branch in Mall of Asia. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to eat at Cupcakes, not even a bite! To think that it was on top of my list. But due to time constraint we were not able to go there, not even to walk around Bonifacio High Street. Same with Crepes and Creams, I was supposed to have a date there with my friend Eden but we changed venue. Oh! don’t forget Café Breton… we went there twice!

Now you won’t be wondering why I want to go on a diet. Other than going to the gym, I want to try other means of losing weight. That’s why I’m reading through various reviews on diet pills. Like last night I was reading about Phentermine Online. Of course I won’t just take or drink those things without researching them first! I'm not that desperate yet.

Honestly speaking I'm not really fat, but I’m also not really thin. Based on some of the articles I’ve read, I still have the correct weight. But I’m not satisfied…

Why does losing weight have to be this hard?!

Herbalife vs. iPhone

I know, I know... there's no connection whatsoever with the two. I'm just contemplating which one to prioritize: to get the new iPhone 3G or to buy Herbalife's starter pack?

iPhone

I told myself a long long time ago that once an iPod phone comes out, I'd get one. I never bought an iPod for myself, although I have an iPod nano which was given to me by my sister (yes... my sister... my YOUNGER sister...). I never bought one because I'd rather have those all-in-one thingies. The past two mobile phones I bought can play music. The first one's a Nokia 6230i, and the second one's a Sony Ericsson W710i which is a walkman phone.

Good thing I'm a SingTel user, so no need to switch to a new number hihihi! For the mobile plan I'm using, the iPhone will cost around SGD 698 for the 8GB and SGD 848 for the 16GB.

Herbalife

I'm trying to lose weight, OK! I'm not really on a strict diet... but I don't eat rice during dinner and I've avoided drinking soft drinks and eating too much sweets.

Despite going to the gym three times a week, I'm not losing weight! Waaaaaa! I have friends who took Herbalife and it really worked for them. They really lost a lot of weight. And I want to lose a lot of my extra-extra weight!!!

Herbalife's Basic QuickStart Program costs SGD 194.15. But my friend who's in the US told me that hers only costs USD 85.80, which is around SGD 120. NOT FAIR!!!

The Verdict

Lloyd will probably not let me buy Herbalife (I can still convince him though hihihi), and I already prepped and psyched him to let me buy the iPhone. So... we'll see... until my next post!

Hannah's Thanksgiving and First Birthday Party

Our very short vacation in Manila was the best timing ever. We were able to attend Hannah's birthday party. It was a blast! And it was a blessed day.

Families and friends were present to join Hannah on that special day. It rained a bit, but it never ruined the party. Former co-workers from our previous employer in the Philippines were also present. I was finally able to meet a fellow N@Wie Jacque who did the balloon decors for Hannah's birthday. I also met Jane, Jacque's sister-in-law, who did the wonderful pink & purple cupcakes and the 2-layer fondant cake for Hannah (thanks Jane!).

The best part of the day was when Hannah finally came out of the four corners of her bedroom! Yes! She went out! She was wearing this cute little red dress, and her hair's all made up. She looks so surprised because there were so many people looking at here, smiling at here. Joan and Carlo also looked very happy.

Before the party started, Carlo said a short prayer. He shared to all of us a short version of their experiences since Hannah was born. He asked God to give them, Hannah's parents, a chance to take care of her. I was crying the whole time Carlo was saying the prayer... sorry I'm a real crybaby...

Pictures from Hannah's thanksgiving and birthday party are posted in Hannah's Multiply site. Hannah's parents wrote a short message to everyone who made the event come true. After the short message, Carlo wrote a story about his reflection since Hannah came into their lives. Just thinking about it makes me cry...

I am amazed at Joan & Carlo's courage and strength. I emailed them immediately after reading it. They've surpassed all the hardships and trials for a year, and they will surpass the following years to come. I know they will not lose the faith and courage they have now because there are a lot of people who are here to support them, love them, help them and pray for them.

Hannah really is a blessing from God. I admit, I don't pray everyday, and I seldom (as in once every two or even three months) go to church. But whenever I think of Hannah, I'd always say a short prayer for her and her parents.

Here is a part of Carlo's reflection: Maybe I was wrong in thinking that Hannah badly needs to be healed. Hannah will be the one to bring healing to us all. Maybe not healing of the physical nature. But more importantly, healing of our spirits...of our souls...of our relationship with God.

My First eBay Listing

I have some things my mom bought from the US and I want to sell it. I recently registered to eBay (Singapore) and i just finished posting (or listing) an item! Yipee!!!

Big deal, huh? hihihi! Well, it's my first time, so give me a break!

Anyway, if you guys want to check it out, here's my eBay.

I think I won't sell the other items I have here now. I want to see first if someone will buy my first listing. Wish me luck!!

Still not finished...

I'm still not finished updating my blog! Everytime I'd stop and look at it, I'd find something to add!

Like right now, I'm adding the blogs of my fellow N@Wies. I've added those with links added to our Yahoo!Groups' Link. But some members never put their links there! So now I'm searching for old emails where they forwarded their links.

P.S.
Isn't it obvious I'm not that busy? hihihi!

Blog Site Overhaul.... Again!

Sorry guys... I'm going to change my layout again. I'm looking for a 3-column layout/template to use. So please bear with me if you suddenly notice the site's layout changing or some items missing. :)

Please Help Buy and/or Sell Hannah's Rosaries

If you remember my previous posts about baby Hannah, she still needs our help. She's at home now, and they're just renting a ventilator/respirator that she uses whenever she sleeps.

Hannah's parents would like to be able to buy her own respirator someday. They're selling rosary bracelets which Joan, Hannah's mom, made herself. The rosaries are very very beautiful and you can request to have the size customized (and maybe the color/design as well, of course you need to ask Joan if it's possible). I hope we can help baby Hannah again by buying her rosaries. http://hannahysabelle.multiply.com/photos/album/20/rosaries_for_hannah

If you look at her pictures you'll see that she's a bundle of joy and so pure of happiness! Just looking at her pictures makes me & Lloyd smile. If you won't notice her tracheostomy tube, you'll think that she's not sick at all.

By the way, Hannah will be turning 1 very soon! And here is a letter from Hannah's parents (taken from Hannah's multiply site):

Dear Friends,

July 31, 2008

Thank you so very much for helping us through all the powerful prayers you offered and all the financial support you've shared for our baby Hannah Ysabelle. It is a miracle how much strength she has drawn from your tremendous kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Through the help of families and friends, we were able to discharge her last May 17 from the hospital and transition her to home care. At long last (after almost 9 months), Hannah was finally home! Truly a dream come true for all of us. You can tell by how much Hannah's face lights up every single day in her room that she has found greater happiness at home. And we have God, through all of you, to thank for blessing our daughter with this overflowing happiness.

Hannah is now nearing her 1st birthday and is truly a bundle ball of joy. The impact that she has on both our hearts is simply overwhelming. We never knew how much love Joan and I could feel before God blessed us with Hannah. Thank you Lord for loving us so much!

It's still a long journey ahead for us. We will have our ups and downs, as all others do. But Joan and I could not ask for more. We have Hannah. We have our family. And we have you. All other things become pale in comparison. We will never be shaken in our faith. We will continue to fight the good fight for Hannah. Keeping in our hearts and minds the selfless love you all have shared to a family, who most of you, have never even met.

Again, we can never thank all of you enough for all your help. We hope that we too can be great Samaritans as you were to us. May the Good Lord reward your generosity a hundred-thousand-million fold!

You will always be in our prayers. God bless you and your families always!

Sincerely,
Carlo and Joan

Please pass this to your family and friends.
Thanks & God bless!

My Cravings for Japanese Crepe

When I was in Japan years ago, my friend/housemate/officemate Joan and I were introduced to Japanese crepe by our Filipino friends in Toyota City. It was in Nagoya, and it was just a very small stall. They'd make the crepe right in front of you. I'd always order their strawberry crepe with fresh cream and chocolate syrup.... yummy!

Japanese crepe tastes different coz whatever they're using for the crepe, the cream & everything else they put in the crepe, it has just the right sweetness. Comparing the sweetness to Cafe Breton, Cafe Breton's crepes are waaay toooo sweeeeeet! Don't get me wrong.... I love Cafe Breton's crepes. Whenever Lloyd and I would go out with friends, we'd always go to Cafe Breton for desserts. And sometimes even for the main course! But still, I can't help but think of and look for Japanese crepe.

Since leaving Japan I've always been craving for that kind of crepe, but I can't find anything in Manila .... until we went to Singapore

In Bugis Junction, they have this shop called Crepe House and the first time I saw it I immediately bought one! Haaayyy.... heaven! The cream they use is authentic Japanese fresh cream (aka whipped cream) so they got the sweetness I was craving for. And they're very generous with whatever they put in the crepe. They have two more branches here in Singapore, but I've only been to their branch in Bugis. When Jill and Tita Lara was here in Singapore, we went to Bugis and ordered one with ice cream. And just last week Lloyd and I went to Bugis and of course I bought one! hihihi!

There is another Japanese crepe shop here in Singapore called Mazazu Crepe. I first discovered it during the Japanese and Korean food festival in Plaza Singapura a few weeks ago. They had a small stall during the food festival. They were also using Japanese fresh cream. Mazazu Crepe has a shop in Suntec City Mall.

Just thinking about crepe is making me hungry! There goes my diet! hihihi!

Missing Boy Reunited with His Family

For the past few days, there were a lot of posts from different blog sites and forwarded emails about a missing boy. By end of last week that little boy has been found and was reunited with his family.

The boy's father wrote a letter and thanked everyone who helped their family. YOU ARE MATTHEW DAVID'S HEROES...

Please help this family

Please help this family find their abducted relative. Check the link below for the details and for photos of the little boy.
http://melquita.multiply.com/photos/album/348/HELP_My_Nephew_Was_Abducted.

My New Art Project

This is soo cute! I saw this on a magazine http://www.cubeecraft.com.

Cubeecraft is a free site where you can download models of papercraft toys. Their site includes very cute designs like Kermit the Frog, Hellboy and even Indiana Jones! And they post a new character every week!

Hmm... which one should I start with...?

Sick Again?!

Hay! What's wrong with me?! I've been sick these past few days!

Last week I have a backache which prohibited me to move too much, and that included my first try at yoga class! Now my back's a bit better but I'm sick again! I had the flu since yesterday!

Yesterday I felt really terrible. As in I was in bed sleeping the whole day. I didn't even turn on the computer the whole day yesterday! I felt too tired to cook so I just had peanut butter sandwich for lunch. For dinner, I waited for Lloyd so he can cook dinner for us.

Today I feel a bit better (obviously!), but I still have a bit of sore throat. Hay... Lloyd and I were suppose to go out tonight and watch a movie! There goes our date...

Awards

This is a looong overdue tag passed to me 5 months ago by Leah.
Thanks very much for these awards!









Now I'm passing these awards to jammy, jacque and jan.

Baby Hannah at 10 Months

Baby Hannah's parents posted new pics of Hannah when she turned 10 months old. She's so big now! You can view her photos here.

For those who don't know, Hannah was born with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), also known as Ondine's Curse. When she's asleep, she totally can't breath on her own. She relies on a ventilator so she can breath whenever she sleeps. CCHS is a lifelong disease and has no cure yet.

Hannah will be turning a year old next month. Can't wait to see her then.

My Backache

I went to the doctor yesterday afternoon to have my back checked.

The diagnosis: muscle spasm.

What do I feel whenever I have muscle spasm/sprain? Stiff! When the pain's at it's peak I can't move my arm. A simple act of reaching for something is very painful already.

Yeah... I know I know... Well, I knew that carrying heavy things can trigger the sprain I had before, and I did too much weight-lifting last week.

Damn gym!

At least doing yoga will be good for me. I hope my back would get better soon!

Leche Flan

I made a bunch of leche flans during Lloyd's birthday. It was a hit!I got this recipe from the recipe book my mom gave me (Elvas Meal Times: Filipino & International Dishes).


There are actually 7 leche flan recipes in the book, but I've only tried #4 (coz it's the easiest). Maybe next time I'll try the others. :)




Ingredients:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar


Directions:
  1. Caramelize 1/2 cup sugar in a mold under the broiler. Take it out when the sugar is melted, and tilt to cover the whole bottom surface of the mold. Cool.
  2. Pour mixture into the caramel-lined pan. Steam for an hour. Steam with the mold covered.Un-mold when cool and invert into a serving platter.


Note:
I've modified this recipe a bit.
  • The recipe needs 1/2 cup sugar for the caramel, but I'm using less. Instead, I just put enough sugar to cover the mold.
  • To caramelize the sugar, I placed the mold (with the sugar) in the oven toaster, checking it often to see if all the sugar has melted (not burned!).

My First Week at the Gym

To lose my belly fats & extra weight, I've decided to go to the gym... seriously this time.

I've signed-up to Fitness First last Monday. It includes a one day personal training with one of their fitness instructors. I scheduled my one-on-one last Wednesday. I think the whole sign-up thing lasted for 45min, Lloyd was almost finished with his routine when I was done paying! So I just used the treadmill for 30min.

Wednesday morning, my appointment's at 9:30. I was 30minutes early in the gym. So I just read newspaper in the lounge for a while, then did 10min in the treadmill. Rin, the fitness instructor, approached me at 9:30, and we started my routine.

I won't go into the details anymore... but the point here is... I'm sore all over! Even before I started the training, I'm having problems with my right knee. It's like everytime I bend my knee, it's going to collapse. So I told Rin that I can't do too much leg exercises coz my knee really hurst after I did the squats & the bicycle. So we concentrated on upper-body exercises.

I was able to do all the upper-body exercises, but the next day my back's totally painful! It's not my whole back that's painful, it's only the upper-left part (almost near my left shoulder) of my back that's in pain. I had muscle spasm before in that area, and since I'm not feeling any pain there anymore, I thought my back's fine now... but I was totally wrong!

So Saturday, I was planning to join the gym's yoga class, unfortuntely now it's my back & my shoulder that's in pain so I don't think I can do some (or even most) of the yoga poses.

Yesterday, my back pain's not that bad anymore, but whenever I swing my left arm, I'd feel a pop! Until now I can't move my left arm that much. So later I'm going to see the doctor to have it checked, coz I really am in pain!!!!

There goes my dream to lose weight...

I'm Not Depressed

I'm not depressed. I expected myself to be depressed... but I'm not. Should I be depressed?

Two days ago I went for a follow-up check-up with my OB-GYN. She asked me how I'm handling the depression. When I heard her ask that, I didn't know how to answer her. I thought for a while and told her I'm ok.

Of course I cried after the miscarriage. But... I felt.... fine.... I've been wondering for a while why I felt and feel fine. Since then I've been asking myself a lot of questions... Should I feel fine? Is it normal to feel fine? I lost my baby and I feel fine?! Am I being insensitive or am I just numb?! We lost Nathan only a month ago! Because I remember with Dwayne, it took more than a month before I stopped crying myself to sleep.

Hay.... dunno what to think. All I know is I feel fine and normal and not depressed. I just don't know if it's normal to feel normal.

Nathan James

30th of May 2008, we lost our son Nathan James. Just like his older brother, he was 4 months premature. Losing our first baby was hard & hurtful. Losing our second baby the same way... I can't describe the feeling anymore.

When I got pregnant the second time, I was already crying coz I was scared of losing my baby again. I didn't want to feel the pain anymore. I was thinking that if ever it would happen again, my heart would really break and I might not be able to handle it.

Amazingly, I am okay which made me wonder why. Coz if you think about it, I should feel worse coz this is the second time it happened, it's supposed to be harder for us to accept! I guess a lot of factors helped me and my husband accept what happened and move on.

First factor: This time, before Nathan was born my OB already informed me that this is it, we can't do anything about it, the baby's coming out. So even before Nathan came out, we already prepared ourselves which I guess helped me and my husband accept the truth. I cried my heart out after my doctor told us what was happening. I requested that they do everything to save the baby, even inject this thing so that Nathan's lungs would mature early. Lloyd talked me out of it, we need to be realistic. So I agreed. First sign of acceptance. With Dwayne, we were all surprised. Yes I was having contractions, but no one told us that the baby's coming out. Lloyd just found out when Dwayne was born already. I found out after I woke up from the recovery room.

Second factor: Lloyd was with me the whole time. It really helped a lot with the delivery coz I didn't feel alone, I have someone to talk to and Lloyd was there to hold my hand. With Dwayne, I was in the delivery room alone, with the nurses who kept on leaving me alone during contractions!

Third factor: With Nathan, I was awake and aware of everything the whole delivery. With Dwayne, they gave me something to relaxed, which made me sleep. I'd only wake up when there's contractions.

Last factor: We saw Nathan being born. He's such a tiny little baby, so fragile. When he was born, we knew he won't survive.

Even before Nathan was born, we already told my OB that we'd agree to have an autopsy. We want to know why this happened again. After the autposy, the doctor told us that the cause of the premature labor was Placental Abruption, but the cause of the placental abruption (for my case) was unknown.

We had Nathan's body cremated so that we can take him home to the Philippines and be with his brother. We got his ashes from the funeral parlor last weekend.

We still believe that God has a reason for everything, He has better plans for us. No one knows what it is, but we'll keep our faith in Him.

For everyone who prayed and supported us for this pregnancy, thank you very much.

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